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One Of The Lonely Ones [Remixed/Remastered] Original recording remastered

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One Of The Lonely Ones is the newly discovered, never-before-heard, 1969 Roy Orbison album that has never been released until now! Recorded primarily between January and August of 1969 this album is an honest account, arguably more so than any other, of Roy Orbison's life. This album is mixed and expertly mastered by Grammy winning engineers. Package features new, period appropriate, original artwork.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Roy Orbison
  • ASIN: B016QIB5LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a beautiful Roy Orbison album! It would have fit right into his MGM releases and probably his Monument releases as well. First thing right off, it's Roy in 1969, with that voice, smooth transitions from low to high, perfect pitch, and all you would expect. The opening song, "You'll Never Walk Alone" is exactly how I would have pictured this song by Roy, awesome job. "Sweet Memories" is another that stood out for me, sad, heartbreaking, and Roy pulls you right in with his special touch and voice on such songs, and it would fit right in with "Crying" or "Blue Bayou" or many other great songs of Roy's career. "Laurie" reminded me, or put me in mind of "Claudette" or "Leah", great song. The main title song ""One of the Lonely Ones", as you can tell from the name of it, Roy sings of being one of the lonely ones, but not really wanting to be, it's just so Roy, and awesome. "Child Woman, Woman Child", great, great Roy Orbison classic style. As stated in the CD booklet, it's the little sister song of "Oh, Pretty Woman", a must hear song for sure. My mother was listening, and she's 84, and right away said, "oh that sounds like a "Pretty Woman" type song! 12 songs in all, never before heard, an album that somehow got put on the shelf, and I for one, am so glad and thankful that it is getting it's just reward by being released. The set closes out with "I will Always" a classic Roy Orbison style ballad and quite a beautiful song. I felt like it was 1969 all over again and Roy just released a new album. I've already listened to it 3 times today, I just received it today, and it's going to be one I'll be playing quite often along with my "All-time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison".Read more ›
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There is a lot of misunderstanding about Orbison’s years with MGM. There are those who feel the music just wasn’t as good as the songs he released with Monument Records. Those people overlook songs such as “Crawling Back”, “Walk On”, “Ride Away”, “Too Soon To Know” to just name a few.

Orbison did face extraordinary challenges during his time with MGM. These include baffling decisions made by the record company itself and of course the personal tragedies of losing his wife Claudette in a motorcycle accident in 1966, and the tragic house fire that claimed the life of two of his sons.

This album, “One Of The Lonely Ones”, was recorded in the months following the fire that claimed the lives of his two sons and also saw his relationship with Barbara Jakobs develop and lead to their marriage in March of 1969. The Album does have a certain “autobiographical” element to it but really the songs are typical subject matter for an Orbison album.

And although the reason isn’t clear, MGM decided to shelf the album. What is clear is that this album is very close in style and quality to Orbison’s “Many Moods” album that would have preceded it. “One Of The Lonely Ones” finds Orbison at his vocal best, effortlessly hitting operatic notes and piercing falsettos. It also features several songs, “Sweet Memories”, “Say No More”, “One Of The Lonely Ones”, that could easily be counted among Roy’s best!

“One Of The Lonely Ones” is a must have album for any serious Orbison fan and one that any casual fan of Roy Orbison should strongly consider.
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Roy suffered such tragedy in his life and the fact that he found the strength to record this album so soon after his son's terrible death is, in itself, remarkable. This is not a cry for sympathy.., just an expectation that those who profess to know their music and the artists who make it, recognise that this man, the Caruso of Rock must have dug very deep into his reserves to achieve this accomplished work of his art.
My favourite track (so far) is Sweet Memories but I am open to persuasion because I just love Say no More.
Roy's ability to take his voice from the highest to the lowest notes in a single line without pause for breath or missing by a semi tone is almost unique in musical ability. Live, he impeccably reproduced the exact sound of his recordings; again, this is an almost unique achievement!
He died in 1988 but through his wonderful songs, including this album of previously unheard material, he will live for ever in the hearts and minds of those with only half an ear for wonderful music. But don't just take my word for it..! Roy officially is classified as a Bel Canto Tenor! We all know what a Tenor is..; the definition of Bel Canto is "to sing beautifully". So it's official!
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Contained in the attractive 12-page "One of the Lonely Ones" accompanying booklet are the superbly written liner notes by Alex Orbison providing us the context in which this magnificent album was created. Roy had undergone two life-shattering tragedies in a two-year period prior to recording this album in 1969, and listeners can tell that he is feeling things very deeply. The title song penned by Roy and Bill Dees is a powerful and uncompromising exploration of the depths of one's own loneliness and is at the same time graceful and melodically gorgeous. Alex explains how this project gave Roy the creative outlet he needed to get beyond the pain - to just focus on the music for a while. The LP was originally intended to be issued the first week of November, 1969, "but the release never happened until now" (46 years later). Alex believes that his father would have fully approved of the new final mixes, remastering and sequencing, but he does not speculate on why this brilliant and very personal piece of work was shelved at the time.

Six of the twelve tracks are originals from the Orbison-Dees collaboration and appear consecutively in the middle of the album. While everything else is a ballad, three of these tracks rock at various tempos: "Laurie" is a deliberate throwback to the good times of 1962 when the 4 Seasons were on top with "Sherry" (and Roy had his "Dream Baby" and "Leah"), as Roy sings joyously in his highest register about his "Laurie baby." "Give Up" has a cool time-shifting arrangement, replete with harmonica. And I can only describe "Child Woman, Woman Child" as a rocking and extremely loose take-off (in the sense of musical and lyrical flight) on "Oh, Pretty Woman.
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